March eNews

Posted by Bhutan Centre for Media and Democracy, April 2nd, 2024

BCMD participates in International Women’s Day Celebrations

BCMD participated in the celebration of International Women’s Day at Gyalpozhing College of Information Technology (GCIT) in Thimphu. The event was graced by Her Majesty the Queen Mother Gyalyum Sangay Choden Wangchuck, Royal Patron of RENEW and Goodwill Ambassador of UNFPA. 

The event brought female executives from the Government, the private sector, and Civil Society Organisations alongside leaders and advocates from International Organisations, to celebrate the day and bring focus on the theme, ‘Invest in Women: Accelerate Progress’

The Executive Director of BCMD represented the team at the event. The  was seminar organised to celebrate and discuss with other women leaders in the country on topics ranging from achievements in women’s empowerment, exploring the convergence of technology and gender equality, and charting a course for the future.


Inception Workshop on upcoming joint-project, ‘Building Inclusive Democracy: Civil Society, Parliamentarians, Media, and Youth Strengthen Good Governance in Bhutan.’         


Bhutan Centre for Media and Democracy (BCMD) carried out a 5-day inception workshop in preparation of the aforementioned project, together with its project partner, Deutsche Welle Academie (DW), Germany. The project duration is for three years and is funded by the European Union.

During the inception workshop, partners engaged in comprehensive discussions regarding the project’s overarching objectives, strategies, and anticipated outcomes. The partners delved into the crucial role that civil society organisations, parliamentarians, media entities, and youth stakeholders play in advancing good governance principles and fostering inclusive democratic processes in Bhutan. The workshop marked a pivotal moment for both partners, allowing the team to synchronise their efforts and commitments towards the shared goal of fostering more inclusive and participatory democracy in Bhutan. The workshop charted the work plan for the first year and also reviewed the tentative timeline for the project period. 


Project Mikhung 2.0 in Tsirang Dzongkhag


The Bhutan Foundation (BF) and BCMD officially signed the contract for the project, ‘Capacitating the local government and citizens to strengthen people-centred planning,’ in Tsirang Dzongkhag in January 2024. The project will be implemented in the Dzongkhag over a course of three years. 

BCMD convened a meeting with Dasho Dzongrab and Sector Heads of Tsirang Dzongkhag on 29th March to introduce Project Mikhung 2.0. BCMD’s team made a presentation on the project, detailing its objectives and outlining the project timeline, while also soliciting support from the Dzongkhag team for the successful implementation of the project.

This collaboration aims to empower both the local government leaders and citizens, fostering a stronger sense of community and enhancing inclusive planning to truly reflect the needs and aspirations of the people. The project will also cover activities related to media literacy programmes that will be delivered through the democracy clubs in schools. More information on project activity implementation will be available as and when activities are undertaken in close collaboration with the Dzongkhag.